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Police are shocked by Multi-Million dollars of stolen goods found in a Detroit warehouse  A sophisticated, multimillion-dollar shoplifting ring may have been operating for years before a narcotics detectives began investigating the theft of over-the-counter drugs they thought were being used to make meth. The contents inside a 7,600-square-foot warehouse near 8 Mile and Dequindre in Hazel Park shocked even hardened veteran investigators: Merchandise stacked from the floor to the ceiling, later learned to be the haul from a sophisticated, multimillion-dollar shoplifting ring in which southeast Michigan stores were targeted daily. As much as $15,000 a day was stolen in over-the-counter drugs and goods from area stores for resale on the Internet later in an operation Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said was “amazing in size and scope.” Five people have been arrested so far, including three women who were paid $2,500 in cash a day to serve as shoplifters. The shoplifters were given lists of items to sell, including high-value items such as cold medicine, antacids and other over-the-counter drugs stolen from CVS and Walgreens pharmacies. They wore specially modified clothing that allowed them to hide what they’d lifted, often stealing between $9,000 and $15,000 a day, Bouchard said. When the warehouse was raided, investigators found $75,000 in cash, about $3,000 in merchandise from Walgreens and CVS, $10,000 in items from other stores, and $3 million in perfumes, lotions and creams stolen from a Victoria’s Secret store in Las Vegas. Oakland County Sheriff stated, “They bought this warehouse about nine months ago for $200,000 in cash,” “They were generating enough cash that they could plunk down $200,000 in cash to buy a facility to expand their operations.” (Source

Colorado Spring Police arrest 8 gang members for series of burglaries  Police say eight gang members are under arrest for a series of burglaries in Colorado Springs and El Paso County. They're calling themselves the Northside Mafia. Colorado Springs Police arrested eight suspects. Police say one suspect is a 16-year-old. 20 burglaries in both Colorado Springs and El Paso County since October put police on a hunt for the criminals. (Source

Louisville Metro Police arrest 4 in credit card fraud  Four arrests have been made after authorities served search warrants at two homes in a neighborhood off Poplar Level Road. Drugs and cash were seized, along with the equipment to recode stolen credit cards to make counterfeit ones. While Louisville Metro Police are handling the drug angle of the case, Secret Service agents are looking into the cybercrime end of the investigation. (Source

North Carolina Pawn shop bought $10K of stolen good with tags still on; Owner arrested on possession charges  As part of ongoing efforts to ensure that items sold at local pawn shops are not stolen, deputies said they discovered a Henderson County store owner selling products stolen from other stores. Henderson County deputies executed a search warrant at the Daily Dollar Pawn shop on Heritage Park Drive in Fletcher on Thursday and said they found more than $10,000 worth of stolen merchandise for sale. Between Nov. 5, 2013 and Jan. 18, 2014, someone from the Asheville area stole approximately $10,076 worth of products from Diamond Brand Outdoors in Fletcher then sold the items to Daily Dollar Pawn, according to deputies. (Source

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